Pittsburgh Steelers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers
13 Jan 1991: Sportscaster and former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw looks on during a game between the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 28-10. Mandato /

. QB. (1970-83). Terry Bradshaw. 10. player. 55

Many still consider Terry Bradshaw the greatest quarterback in Steelers history. That may not be true anymore, but it does not hurt his legacy in the slightest. A four-time champion, one-time Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP, Bradshaw has a résumé only a few Hall of Famers hold.

Bradshaw started what Ben Roethlisberger is today. Pittsburgh football was known for their smash-mouth teams, but no one expected their quarterback to be just as hard-nosed. But, Bradshaw knew what he needed to do to win, and he never shied away from doing what needed to be done to help his team.

His offense revolved around him. Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth would’ve never seen the success they did without their star quarterback. The Steel Curtain may still be known as the greatest defense of all-time, but without an MVP quarterback, four Super Bowls are unlikely.

Bradshaw ended his career where he should have – Canton, Ohio, but in Pittsburgh, he’s embedded in the history. Throughout his 14-year NFL career under center with the Steelers, Bradshaw best epitomized what it means to be a franchise quarterback. Today, he’s still having fun working for FOX in the studio on NFL Sundays.